Gozo to get new law courts and underground multi-storey car park
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The Island of Gozo is to have new law courts after the Planning Commission granted development permission which will include a multi-storey car park for the public.
The approval by the Planning Authority of this development application will now facilitate the process for the eventually relocation of the law courts currently stationed within the Cittadella to a more accessible and appropriate place.The Planning Authority, in a statement this afternoon said that the new law courts building which will become a landmark architectural feature within an extensive public plaza, will be built in close proximity of the town centre of Victoria. The approved building will be accessible to all.
The project will also include the construction of six levels of parking under the building, of which the first basement level will include 54 car parking spaces dedicated to the magistrates, personnel and staff for the operation of the law courts building while the remaining five levels will accommodate a further 441 car parking spaces for the public.A site selection exercise was carried out as part of the planning process, which included the possible upgrading and refurbishment of the existing law court building, the Authority said.
The Planning Authority said that the exercise assessed variables which included the location, environmental impacts, landscape and visual impacts, social impacts, technical and operational considerations, economic impacts and transport.
Speaking last week about the new site for the Gozo court, the Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, said that the court will be in a more convenient and modern location.
The identified site for the new court is the parking area between Triq Borg Olivier and Triq Guzeppi Labre. Dr Refalo said that it is estimated that this project will cost around € 5 million.
Photographs show artist's impression of the front and side elevation of the new Gozo court building and below, the site of the court.